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A social worker visits the home of an autistic janitor to ask him questions about his job performance. The conversation takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that he may have information about a missing autistic boy.

  • John Flynn
    Tom In America, The Garden Left Behind, Anemone
  • Adam Bertocci
    Wreck The Halls, Brooklyn Force, Run Leia Run
  • Greg Starr
    Tom In America, The Secret Friend, Atramentous
  • John Flynn
    Until The Night Is Over, Tempest, Tom In America
  • Deukyun Hwang
    Anemone, Rain, g:gum
  • Erika Woods
    Key Cast
    Until The Night Is Over, Across The Universe, The Stepford Wives
  • David Perez-Ribada
    Key Cast
    The Leap, Zeke, The Glades (TV)
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest
    Palm Springs, California
    June 17, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Cincinnati Film Festival
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    September 12, 2015
    Ohio Premiere
  • Salt Lake International Film Festival
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    August 11, 2015
    Utah Premiere
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York, NY
    November 4, 2015
    Marabella, Spain
    December 4, 2015
    Spain Premiere
  • Macabre Faire Film Festival
    Long Island, NY
    January 16, 2016
    NOMINATED: Best Screenplay/Best Actor
  • The Short Film Awards
    New York, NY
    NOMINATION: Best Director
  • CUNY Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    April 16, 2016
    WINNER: Best Original Screenplay
  • USA Independent Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    May 27, 2016
    WINNER: Best Director of a Short Film
  • CUNY Asian American Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    May 27, 2016
  • Asian American International Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    July 27, 2016
  • Newark International Film Festival
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    September 8, 2017
Distribution Information
  • Shorts HD
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Paid TV
Director Biography - John Flynn

John Flynn is an award-winning filmmaker from Long Island, NY. John has directed many short films, including Rain, which made its world premiere at the Academy Award accredited festival Palm Springs International ShortsFest and has been picked up for television distribution around the world. He has produced films like the award-winning short Tom In America, starring two Academy Award-nominated actors and directed by award winning filmmaker Flavio Alves, which has been in film festivals around the world, and The Garden Left Behind, a feature film starring Michael Madsen and Ed Asner, which has been accepted into the IFP Narrative Film Lab that Best Picture winning film Moonlight was part of. Other notable works include the award-winning films Anemone (CUNY Asian American Film Festival Best Film, Honorable Mention), Ggu:m (SVA Film Festival, Best Film), Until The Night Is Over, and Atramentous. John Flynn is the founder of Skye Films, a New York based production company.

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Director Statement

Cinema, to me, is the strongest it has ever been. Never before have so many filmmakers from around the globe be able to express themselves and tell great, imaginative, and informing stories and release them for the world to see. There are no barriers, no gray area; nothing preventing us from experiencing new stories and cultures. As an American filmmaker, it is so crucial for me to create an American film: not just a film that takes place in America, but a film the puts America as its very subject and shine a light on its strongest and weakest characteristics. A film that can be seen as a great film, but also a time stamp of the era that it was created it.

Rain is about the current struggles in American life: mental illness, and the justification of using violence against another human being.The film comments on these issues in every frame of the film, from its bleak, melancholic cinematography to the psychology of the two main characters. The subtle hints are littered throughout, waiting for someone who wants to find it can dig deep.Though this film may appear to be completely pessimistic about America’s future, it isn't. One of the characteristics of the film is its perseverance to move forward, regardless of its outcome, something that America has been doing for centuries. While we may not be in an ideal state, we as a nation can work together to overcome the treatment of every American and help create a better America.

After almost a full year, I’m so happy to finally show you all Rain. My amazing cast and crew worked incredibly hard to create this, and I hope this film will entertain and move you all upon its end. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that someone had a great time at the movies, and I was the one responsible for it.